One Thing, authored by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, shows us that extraordinary results come from simple truths. Knowing the principles in One Thing challenges what you think you know about productivity, busyness, and effectiveness. In today’s culture, it has never been easier to respond with “Busy” to the “How are you doing?” question. How can this be? I’ve talked to Dr’s, baristas, engineers, musicians, electricians, garbage men, small business owners, big business owners, and everyone seems equally “Busy”. If all these people, with entirely different wages, responsibilities and mental capacities are “Busy” but clearly making a different amount of progress from one another in their lives or career, is there a chance we can be busy doing things the wrong way? I suggest we’re all quite distracted.
One Thing teaches us that if life is like dominos. Rather than trying to push them over at random, we need to get “busy” knocking down the pieces at the front, the one’s that can have the greatest impact.
The Focusing Question:
What’s the ONE Thing you can do, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?
See that last word, “unnecessary”? That’s a brilliant word. “Unnecessary” means you can no longer respond with “Busy”. “Busy” simply means you are doing unnecessary things in order to feel important or effective while being neither. Ouch…
So let’s dive into this book. I’ll share my favorite parts of the book in the order they appear over the series of my next few posts so you can digest the information with me, rather than feel overwhelmed by one big post on this book. Not to mention, learning is doing, not reading ideas. It’s important to put into practice what you’re learning. These posts aren’t going anywhere so you can feel liberated to learn through applying these principles, only returning to read when next steps are desired, or inspiration is needed.